In Wind Tunnels, Ski Jumpers Become Flying Machines

9:43 minutes

In a sport where winners and losers are sometimes separated by mere meters, it pays to get an edge. SciFri visited Darko Technologies, a wind tunnel in Ogden, Utah, to see how USA ski jumping head coach Clint Jones uses physics to achieve the perfect jump.

Music by Chris Zabriskie and Podington Bear

Thanks to KUER for their help on this Olympic series.

Segment Guests

Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston is a physics professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Clint Jones

Clint Jones is head coach of USA Ski Jumping in Park City, Utah.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.

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